Dental anxiety: Non-pharmacological treatment may be beneficial

Should we be paying more attention to anxiety in people with psychosis?

This review of non-pharmacological intervention to reduce mental distress, pain, and analgesic use in adults undergoing dental treatment included 29 RCTs. The findings suggest positive benefits for the interventions examined with no significant differences between the various interventions.

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Endodontic pain can be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs


This review of the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the management of post endodontic pain demonstrates that they do help to manage the pain.

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Pre-operative analgesia for patients with pulpitis improved anaesthetic success

This RCT does not establish equivalence between mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and antidepressants for recurrent depression.

16 RCTs involving 1900 patients were included in this review of pre-op analgesia for patients with pulpitis . The findings suggest that premedication with analgesics improves the success rate of local anaesthesia.

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Wealth of reliable evidence on efficacy of single dose oral analgesics


This overview includes 39 Cochrane reviews with data from around 460 studies and about 50,000 patients providing a wealth of reliable evidence on the analgesic efficacy of single dose oral analgesics.

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Treating pain in dementia reduces agitation and may help reduce unnecessary prescriptions of antipsychotics

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Many people with dementia experience pain, but often find it difficult to communicate this to their carers and the pain is therefore manifested as agitation instead. A randomised controlled trial published in the British Medical Journal looks at a systematic approach to the treatment of pain, to see if it can reduce agitation in people with [read the full story…]